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The Marlins are still asking the world for J.T. Realmuto

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Yesterday a report came out that the Marlins were talking to the Phillies about a possible trade for perpetually-rumored-to-be-traded catcher J.T. Realmuto. Today Joe Frisaro of MLB.com said that, if such a trade is going to happen, the Phillies are going to have to include top pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez.

Which is to say that it’s highly, highly unlikely that the Phillies are gonna get J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins, because that’s a pretty dang tall order, even for a catcher as good as Realmuto.

Sanchez has been compared to Pedro Martinez. While that’s premature at the absolute best, he’s still the Phillies top prospect and it’d be hard to imagine them trading for anyone. Perhaps this is just a matter of the Marlins shooting for the moon so when they ask for something less lofty. Either way, it doesn’t make it sound like there’s anything close to happening on that front.

Clayton Kershaw shut down with “an arm kind of thing”

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Spring training is just underway but Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is already being shut down indefinitely.

Kershaw threw two bullpen sessions this week and, as the Los Angeles Times reports, he “didn’t feel right” afterward. Manager Dave Roberts said it was “arm kind of thing,” which, viva specificity. Roberts did allow that it might be so-called “dead arm” but it’s too soon to know. For now he’ll be working out as usual but not throwing.

Kershaw has had an increasing number of nagging injuries and ailments over the past several seasons, limiting him to 26 starts last year, 27 the year before and 21 in 2016. Whether this is something serious or not is unknown, but at least he’s experiencing it now instead of the middle of the season.